Hello dearest readers!
The Love Fool production process has been going smoothly thanks to the Inkshares team.
First: Many of you may have noticed, I’ve recently posted the official book cover for The Love Fool. (For fellow writers, the cover was designed by the team talented team at CoverKitchen.) It’s a total deviation from my temporary photo, and I like it because it’s a better representation of what is written inside.
I’m writing this as I begin the final review of the official print proof of The Love Fool. And it’s hitting me again: THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING. Wow! In a couple of months, my book will be in your hands and hopefully we’ll all find ways to discuss it.
With that said, The Love Fool is now listed on Goodreads – so if you are a member of Goodreads, please add The Love Fool to your “To Read” list - and be sure to follow my author profile. Of course, if you are a member of other online book reader websites, please do share – and I will make sure The Love Fool is on it.
Note: An official The Love Fool website is coming soon.
Guys! It is an awesome feeling to see The Love Fool popping up on online bookseller websites including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Hudson Booksellers, and Canada’s Indigo. And I hope to see the book on store shelves too – I’ll definitely be working on that, folks.
Nervous. Excited. Anxious. Cannot Wait!
Bye 2017, hello 2018!Don’t forget to rate/review Sunshine is Forever on AMAZON when you get a free moment! Thanks again for everything in 2017! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!
Kyle T. Cowan
Greetings wonderful followers,
I just got some exciting news from Inkshares. According to them, Beyond the Code should be all printed up in about two weeks, then they’ll start sending out the purchased copies to my wonderful backers. Can’t wait. Be sure to keep an eye on your email if you have moved in the last while so they can get your new mailing address. Wouldn’t want some stranger enjoying your book.
Thank you all for following me this far.
Kelsey Rae Barthel
I hope you are enjoying this holiday season, and are getting the chance to spend it with friends and family! With one more day until 2018, this seemed a good opportunity to check in with a brief update on Lost in the Fog, my book you graciously pre-ordered/followed.
And I finally have some good news to share!
For the last month I have been working with an editor, the extremely talented and sagacious Caroline Tolley. Her resume is beyond impressive (please click on the link and check out all the great books she has edited), and I am very lucky to have her in my corner. A few weeks ago she returned her first round edit of Lost in the Fog, which was filled with terrific advice to make it a better book.
Caroline’s development notes were overwhelmingly positive on the story, characters, pacing, and plot. She said overall the book was in great shape. Her feedback for improvement was mostly in the narration: specifically, the 3rd person narrator (while often humorous) impeded the reader from bonding with Camden and Veronica. This also caused a ripple effect where these two main characters did not share enough internal thoughts. I also have some tone ambiguity I need to work on.
I agree with my editor’s evaluation, and these necessary changes will be relatively minor in scope.
I just need to find the time to do them.
This month nearly every night has been a holiday party for work and friends, and I’ve also had visitors and long days spent in the office for my job that pays the bills. No complaints at all, as I’ve been having a lot of fun and finding satisfaction in my work. But I’ve been eager to dig into my rewrite based on Caroline’s notes, and I finally was able to make some progress this past week.
I plan to keep this momentum going, and mid-January should be a realistic timeline for me to finish my rewrite and submit it back to her.
The next step in the process is for Caroline to do one more edit. I’ll then take that, make the required adjustments, and Inkshares will do a final “line edit”. This is exactly what the name implies- someone will go line-by-line to ensure everything is proper, perfect, and ready for publication.
I’ll keep everyone updated as I hit key milestones, and I hope to get Lost in the Fog to all of you by late summer/early fall of 2018. But the date is unfortunately out of my control. Whether you’re an established best-selling author or someone like me, unlike the instantaneous click/like/tweet of our culture, the publishing process is plodding and requires patience. But I’m so glad to have you all with me on this.
As the clock ticks down on 2017, I will humbly once again say thank you and mahalo for your support! Simply put, Lost in the Fog would not be getting published without your help. I wish you all a Happy New Year, and success and happiness in 2018!!
This will be brief.
Set launch date is February 26th
Bookmarks and hand painted postcards will be delivered with the books (if I can convince Inkshares to let me piggyback). Otherwise, they will be sent at launch.
Y’all are awesome and I have treasured your support. If ever you need an ear or a second set of eyes, please send me a line on Facebook (Kendra Namednil) or gmail (firstname.lastname@example.org). I can hardly wait for the coming New Year!
-- Warm thoughts always,
. Kendra Namednil
Good day readers!
All is moving wonderfully with THE LOVE FOOL publication. As many of you already know, the official release date is 13 March 2018.
You can now see THE LOVE FOOL listed on prominent retailer websites like Barnes & Noble, Amazon, but more importantly on IndieBound - where readers can find their local independent bookseller and hopefully pre-order. (More on this later.)
We are in the final stages of completing the book cover design. I’m working with a designer recommended by the wonderful staff at Inkshares. And I cannot wait to share it with you all.
As far as the publication process, the manuscript should be in the galley proof stage by now, and would be coming to me for another review sometime soon. We’re on schedule for the March release and it is super exciting.
The official THE LOVE FOOL website will be coming early 2018.
I’ve also been working on other publications: I’ve been contributing to a lifestyle, food and travel magazine called Intermezzo Magazine; and you’ll see a classic aperitivo drink recipe I contributed to SIP the Magazine – a cocktail focused publication. Look for them in your local newsstand, bookstore or subscribe to each (see links).
I wish you all a festive holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a happy & safe new year!
Now that we’re one month into release for "Skavenger’s Hunt," I wanted to send you all a quick update. Following the incredible amount of support both this summer and fall, along with the strong word of mouth from early readers, I’m happy to say the book’s debut has exceeded my most hopeful expectations.
Most gratifying, of course, has been the notes and reviews from you, the reader. When I set out to write this book, it was with the intent of telling a story I’d be proud to share with my grandchildren (like Harper and Jack below, apparently Hunter was off in the Cars 3 section). But seeing it receive such strong response not only from the middle reader and YA crowd, while also spreading its wings to adult readers, has been the very best holiday gift I could have imagined.
So again...thank you! If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it, please take a moment to write a one or two sentence review on both amazon.com and goodreads.com. As a best-selling author told me a few months ago, "the only thing harder than writing a book is getting someone to read it."
Happy Holidays everyone!
Greetings wonderful followers,
I have some good news. I have received the final approval for the full cover and now Beyond the Code is finally going to the printers. It’s been a long road and now we are closer then ever to making Beyond the Code a real book. Thank you all for sticking with me on the journey. I hope you all love the finished product.
Kelsey Rae Barthel
Fun Fact: If Susan K. Hamilton had entered The Devil You Don’t in the 2017 Inkshares Horror Contest instead of the 2017 Launchpad Contest, she would’ve won.
Hello wonderful followers,
Just a friendly reminder, I’ve been adding content to Beyond the Code’s facebook page. Please check it out if you want to browse through Beyond the Code content.
Kelsey Rae Barthel